I came home this afternoon to find a package from Sewphie. After reading the card in which she apologized for it being too big, and if I was hoping for a smaller badge she'd be happy to make me another one, I opened the little package and found... this!
I was scarcely able to breath when I saw it! It's one of the most amazing things I've ever seen -- you got right inside my head with this! The photo shows the wonderful detail of the embroidery (just look at the mandibles on the longhorn beetle! And the segments of all the legs! ) but loses the lovely sheen of the beetle wings and the subtlety of the woodgrain.
I think I'm going to put it in a little frame under glass, and hang it on the wall right beside a case of real insects I have.
Thanks so much for this, Sophie. I couldn't possibly love anything more. And NO, it isn't too big!